Bronwen is both an artist and lecturer based in South Africa. She works predominantly in paint and extends her practice into printmaking.
“My work is informed by spaces I have lived in, places I have been to, things I collect, people I collaborate with. I manipulate paint and colour in response to my subject matter. I like to think that ‘every picture tells a story’ but that each painting exists as its own world.
I try to find beauty in things which might seem insignificant or not of great importance, the ordinary or everyday. I have painted domestic objects, which may be loaded with cultural connotations – a willow-patterned piece of crockery from my grandmother, enamel tin plates and mugs bought from trading stores. Textiles and cloth have also played an important role in my work – I was influenced by the embroidery and beadwork created by women from the Limpopo province and for a time beaded my paintings with dots of paint. Colour and decoration have always been an important aspect of my painting. This decorative manipulation of paint may also be seen in more recent paintings of South African flora and fauna – while these works are hardly botanical, I hope that they capture a different reality.” – Bronwen Findlay